A DRUG dealer who stole £1,000 from an elderly man in the pub has been jailed.

Roger Nugent, 44, was pulled over by police on the M4 motorway in Newport trafficking heroin and crack cocaine in March.

Prosecutor Nik Strobl said the defendant then stole a wallet with £1,000 in cash inside from 85-year-old John Price at a Monmouth pub over the summer.

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Nugent pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply the class A drugs at Junction 24 in Newport on March 8.

He admitted the theft of Mr Price’s money on August 27 and being in breach of a criminal behaviour order which prevents him going into many businesses and shops in his hometown of Monmouth.

That order was made in January 2019 after he went on a Christmas crime spree.

Ben Waters, mitigating, said his client had suffered for years from drug addiction.

Nugent, of Hendre Close, Monmouth, was jailed for 25 months by Judge Huw Rees at Cardiff Crown Court.

After the case, PC Elliot Morgan said: "Nugent was stopped in March during a operation targeting drug supply in the north Monmouthshire area.

"Nugent was in possession of class A drugs which were intended for forward supply to vulnerable members of our communities.

"Whilst under investigation, Nugent stole a wallet containing £1,000 from an elderly man in Monmouth and breached a criminal behaviour order, all while he was subject of a suspended sentence for other theft offences.

"Illegal drugs have no place in our communities, and we are committed to disrupting and apprehending offenders involved in this type of criminal activity.

"The safety of the Gwent public remains our priority, and we encourage anyone with information on drug supply to come forward."